MS Dhoni and batting in crunch state of affairs is a love affair that cricket followers have adored over the course of his illustrious profession. However on Monday, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman solely seemed a pale shadow of his classic self within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 sport towards Delhi Capitals on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium as he recorded considered one of his slowest innings in his IPL profession.
One of many main causes behind Chennai’s batting dominance this season has been their openers, however Monday was one such occasion the place each the batters departed early on leaving strain on the middle-order lineup. Debutant Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali have been castled down by the spinners, therefore placing strain on the skilled pair of Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni to arrange momentum for Chennai. Nevertheless, regardless of the presence of Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur within the dugout, ready for his or her alternative, Dhoni and Rayudu added solely a 70-run stand in 64 deliveries to tug Chennai to 136 for 5.
Rayudu did take off within the fag finish of his innings, smashing 5 bondaries and two sixes in his knock of 55 runs off 43 balls, nevertheless, Dhoni’s battle in IPL 2021 continued as he managed solely 18 off 27 with no single boundary and comprising 10 dot balls.
That is Dhoni’s slowest innings in his IPL profession (SR of 66.67) the place he has a minimum of performed 25 balls in an innings. His earlier slowest innings of 25 balls or extra was towards Deccan Chargers in 2008 when he scored 23 off 31. That is additionally the primary time in 12 years that Dhoni has did not register a boundary or a six in his innings the place he has a minimum of performed 25 balls, the earlier being towards Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 when he scored 28-ball 30.
The knock of 18 runs took Dhoni’s tally to 84 runs in 9 video games this season. His common of 14 and strike price of 97.7 is the bottom he has registered in any IPL season. General, he has hit solely 9 boundaries on this season, additionally the bottom for him in a season, going previous his earlier lowest determine of 23 boundaries within the 2020 season.